INSULT INDICATIONS IN THE TOUAREGS' SOCIETY
THROUGH RITUAL PERFORMANCES Cover Image

دلالات الاهانة عند الطوارق من خلال طقوس الأداء
INSULT INDICATIONS IN THE TOUAREGS' SOCIETY THROUGH RITUAL PERFORMANCES

Author(s): Meriem BOUZID SABABOU
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: curse; sarcasm; Tuareg; poems; songs; seriousness; humor; power;

Summary/Abstract: Disparage, cursing and verbal abuse are among the discarded topics, or which society tries to avoid, to say the least. The Tuaregs share with numerous other societies their interest in the Word and its purpose. They know that it more painful than a strong hit that causes physical pain. The saying "Wounds do heal while the Word doesn't" (T∂zza ∂boussen W∂r T∂zza t∂yna) may be an indication of the word impact on its hearer if it is "bad" or hurtful. Slander affects individuals, men or women, and tribes as well. It collectively harms these hierarchical societies governed by relationships that balance between seriousness and humor. The latter is nothing but an essence of a wind-proof of the painful events witnessed by the society. It allows transformation of social pains into outlets through which harmony could be achieved and embarrassing situations could be avoided. We try, through the proverbs, poems and various tales, to limit the words and forms of curse and insult within the Tuaregs, by focusing on ritualistic cursing through the pertaining poems and songs, which has become prohibited topics except in rare situations with heavy reservations. That is because poets quitted sarcasm until it became prohibited due to its impact on individuals and groups, propagation rapidity of songs and poems and the lightning-like memorization, transmission and broadcast of such songs and poems.

  • Issue Year: XIX/2019
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 47-57
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English, Arabic